The Ford Capri – a European star!

During the 1970s and 80s the Ford Capri was one of the most popular road-going cars of its era and also scored a raft of victories on the circuits.

The Capri was unveiled in January 1969 at the Brussels Motor Show. Ford’s aim was to make it the European equivalent of the Mustang in terms of success, an aim filled by its three generations (the Capri Mk 1 from 1969-1974, the Mk II 1974-1978 and the Mk III 1978-1986). Almost 1 900 000 were produced up till the end of 1986 thanks to a wide choice of engines and finishes making it accessible to a huge number of clients.

With the BMW 3.0 CSLs and CSIs the Ford Capri was one of the dominant cars in the European Touring Car Championship, which it won in 1971 and 1972. It also clinched 15 national titles in Germany, Belgium, Spain, France and Great Britain.

The Capri scored five outright victories in the Spa 24 Hours (1971, 72, 78, 79 and 1980) and dominated its category in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1972 thanks to Scot Gerry Birrell and Claude Bourgoigne from Belgium as well as finishing tenth overall.

See the Ford Capri racing in the Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or as there are around 12 models entered on a regular basis in the Heritage Touring Cup, which evokes the halcyon days of the European Touring Car Championship (1966-1984).

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